Gathering of the Social Innovation Lab

As part of its ongoing involvement in Social Innovation Generation (commonly referred to as SiG) the Foundation recently convened 65 grantees and partner organizations for a two-day meeting of the Social Innovation Lab in Toronto. The meeting’s purposes were to present SiG to existing and prospective grantees and partners, and to introduce some new tools and approaches to social innovation. Workshops addressed social finance, cloud-based computing for planning, administering and reporting; and an ecological approach to advisory services. Highlights included a keynote speech by Vickie Cammack of Tyze personal networks and Frances Westley’s introduction of a new typology of social innovation organizations. For many participants, the most valuable part of the meeting was the opportunity for dialogue and peer support.